This incredible comic book program, designed by Hipgnosis for Pink Floyd’s 1975 tour supporting The Dark Side of the Moon, is full of wonders. It has an appealing lack of polish that puts it somewhere halfway between “professional promotional item” and “schoolboy’s notebook scribbling.” The bubble letters on page 2, where the credits are, are particularly striking. The “programme” is credited to Hipgnosis, Nick Mason, Gerald Scarfe, Paul Stubbs, Joe Petagno, Colin Elgie, Richard Evans, and Dave Gale. Scarfe, of course, would create the imagery for Floyd’s 1980 album The Wall.
The comic book features a short comic about “Rog Waters,” who is identified as the “ace scorer” of the football squad called the “Grantchester Rovers,” contending with a nefarious waiter who has “doped” him, but he fights back and leads his team to (apparently) ... a rousing tie. There’s also a comic about “Captain Mason,” of the Royal Navy in World War II. There’s plenty more, but I’ll leave you to find out the rest on your own.
Most interesting is the mention of a “film” directed by Peter Medak, who at the time had The Ruling Class and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg among his directorial credits, and since then also helmed Romeo is Bleeding, The Krays, and Zorro, The Gay Blade. In Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd Glenn Povey describes the film as “an interpretation of Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon,” which sounds pretty tasty to me—what happened to that movie?
This is quite the collector’s item—on eBay it’s currently available for $149.99.